This is my first ever review on MAL but i just need to vent out my frustration and warn everyone else about low quality of this anime. I watched first season and it was not bad, felt rushed, some things had no sense but i was hoping S2 will explain some things.
Oh boy i was mistaken. Art and GCI are probably the best things about this anime, sound is poor and almost no song except opening is memorable. Then we have poor story which is full of plotholes, usually makes no sense at all, action jumps from one place to another for no reason, characters
suddenly appear during important events from nowhere to scream and say same thing all the time like during infinite loop.
The biggest downside are characters. They are so bland, so stupid, so annoying. I can't really describe it but i believe set of plates waiting to get washed are more intersting than the cast in this anime.
Overall i really disliked it. I am pretty forgiving in terms of anime but this is the first that i will give score 1. Major waste of time, not recommended.
It's terrible; don't watch it.
Still here? Okay, sit down while I tell you just why this anime is awful. This is going to be a tough one because I will have to fight the urge to break into a rant.
Warning: This review is assuming you've seen the 1st season, so it may contain some spoilers regarding it. There are also some VERY minor spoilers for this season. You've been warned.
I'll give it this: I understand what was happening now. That, and it somewhat follows Gai (our supposed MC) a bit more. That being said, don't expect much out of this anime in terms of story.
It's full of plot holes, inconsistencies, and general moments that'll leave you going ".... what?"
I'd go into more detail, but so little happens that if I told you anything, I'd pretty much spoil a quarter of the show.
Easily the worst part of this show.
Gai is still the generic angsty anti-social douche that he was before. Well, okay, he's SOMEWHAT better (in that he's less of a dick), but it's hardly worth mentioning. Even after two seasons of this show, I cannot tell you anything about who he is. All I know is he's angsty and he has a thing for his (adoptive) sister.
Sayaka is Gai's adoptive sister who wants to jump his bones. That's about all there is to her character. Well, that, and she leads Shin one at one point. Seriously, there's nothing to her character other than her obsession with Gai, and they interact so little that it leaves you questioning why.
Shin is our 3rd main character and wielder of the second Shiryu who hates violence and has a hard on for Sayaka... that's it. He's meant to be Gai's foil, but that's about it.
If you're noticing a trend, it's that they're all generic one dimensional characters without any depth. At points, they do TRY to give some depth (particularly at Gai and Sayaka's relationship), but it's either flat or my interest in the series waned so much to the point that I didn't even care anymore and instantly forgot most of it.
There are also a bunch of other characters. They're not much better—actually, they might be worse. Very Minor spoiler here: One of them confronts the woman who he KNOWS killed his sister... and then he bangs her because she's hot. No really, that's the reason given.
Meh, not much to say. The opening is decent enough, though it's nothing to cry home about. I'd tell you more, but I don't remember anything in regards to its soundtrack outside of the opening. There's no real track that's memorable in the slightest.
The VA's were serviceable (note: I watched the English dub). They're not great, but they do it well enough enough that its not too bothersome.
So, this is probably the only thing in the show that isn't completely awful. It's not great, but it's serviceable. That being said, it does have quite a few flaws.
Busoma are still 3D monsters that look completely out of place with the mostly 2D animation, the sword fighting itself lacks any weight or impact, and the characters hardly move and when do, they're rather stiff. I can only assume there were budget problems, but they could've at least added some style to the fighting to make up for it.
Of course, that's assuming they even show the fighting. I cannot tell you how many times where the fighting just starts to amp up, only to cut away to something completely unrelated. Picture this: It's the final big battle! The fight the show has been building up to since season 1! The opponents finally begin to fight.... only to cut away to two other characters eating noodles. That's not a joke; it happens.
As a result, you just can't get excited for the fighting, which leads to the next part...
There's none to be found. Who is this anime made for?
Alright the characters are boring. Maybe it can be like SAO and at least gimme some eye-candy? Nope, it cuts away from the fighting too much and the visuals are pretty average at best. There's nothing in this anime that's worth watching, except to see an example of how such a cool sounding premise can be wasted.
Overall, just avoid this show. I thought that maybe this season might redeem it by not needing all the build up season 1 was supposedly giving, but I was wrong. It's just a poorly written mess.
The story is decent, as it was telling you about human corrupted and possessed by a cursed weapon and the user that have not been completely controlled by the weapon fight themself and the possessed weapon user, like in the first season, the strory continued around Gai, Sayaka, Grimm, and Shoshidai, the story develop itself in an good pace, equally divided the time for all the events, but the story end one by one by an tragic end, maybe because the point of this story is to see people try his hard not to be possesed and what happend around if they failed to
contain it, after much death the ending(MC) is decent one, compared to other character, of course. Although i was sad seeing some character dies, feeling weird when our MC and M Heroine did not die so easilly as the other, such miracle!(LOL) so i think the story is good, but because some aspect of it weirdly unfair i will rate it as Decent.
I cant say much because compared to other senpai that always give review away i was a newbie, The art is good, the combination of the CG battle and traditional Anime art was well balanced, the battle is good to watch, i feel like if this anime is a total-war anime about nation fighting other nation with that possesed form is enjoyable to watch, but whatever, it is good enough to me to keep watch it.
To my opinion the sound is good, when Shiryu possesed a person the voice is really dark, like a real demon the soundtrack also good, the seiyuu is good, perfectly match every character personalities. i personally like Ztolgweinn
Fairly good, matching the sound, the design are good the balance is good the is ugly person, normal person, pretty person, handsome person and many more, because of all the differences all character is well-remembered by me, even the side-character, i would hard to remember if the face is same-designed with only it hair has different color(LOL) the cg is good! the movement is is nicely made, like a real battle but with superpower and cool armor, the belance between the 4D CG and traditional Anime art is good, it blended perfectly, i didnt feel weird seeing 3D CG Character interacting to Anime 2D Character in this anime.
Really i know the point of the story is about giving in to despair, fight hard and you will win somehow, but come on the story about other character beside MC and MH is really warped up i could say most of the character had a Bad End, if they were the MC, really making my imagination hoping for something but then that chara goes to Bad End -,-, god da*m i dint enjoy that
well iam sorry i that i just had 4 on this anime, the unsettling end in every episode last minute causes me to keep watching, although some part that i disliked and i think was not too important was skipped(Sorry! Just a bit!)
In my opinion this anime had lots of potential, though the poor writing really pissed me off. I was extremely anticipating the second season of Sword Gai: The Animation because at the time when I was fairly new to anime, I never noticed the many flaws of this show. This is my first review so bare with me...
The whole concept was very captivating. When I read the description I instantly knew I wanted to watch season one. I found Gai's past to be somewhat unique compared to other backstories of other protagonists (such as Ryouta Sakamoto from Btooom!). I
also liked the fact that it got adrenaline rushing through my veins as I watched. The writing seemed a bit abrupt for me at some parts, though. Gai attempts to commit suicide though he survives because he was healed...If you're going to make Gai jump off of a building and land face-first onto the pavement and have him survive, you should've just had him visibly considering it, then have some other way of him meeting Himiko.
Animation-wise, this anime isn't so horrible. None of the movements of the characters seemed unnatural to me as I watched this series. The fight scenes were well choreographed and enhancing. Whenever one of the fight scenes were on and I was eating, I'd always put the plate down at wait for it to finish.
Not too bad with the sound either. I found myself really enjoying the music. Especially the OP.
The character design was half-decent. Some characters were dull and some weren't. Shin Matoba was one of my favorite design-wise. He reminded me of Shiro from K.
Okay. This is where I start to thoroughly explain why I'm not too fond of this anime. The second season really bothered me due to the fact that all the characters from season one seem to be thrown away (as in die) and replaced by the season two characters. It also somewhat didn't feel like Gai was the protagonist anymore. Too much was going on and I would've preferred if they had kept the season one characters alive longer rather than killing them off and replacing them (especially Marcus). Starting deep character development on characters in the first season and make them die in the second season that just seems downright pointless to me. If they were just going to have that happen then I'd rather have the story have less characters so it can focus more on Gai.
I was really disappointed because I was looking forwards to Sword Gai: The Animation's second season being released. As disappointed as I was, you should still give this anime credit. If you're looking to pass the time with nothing else to do, watch this anime.